Beth David Dec. 14 luncheon speaker to talk about “The Vietnam Era: A Personal View”

Beth David’s December 14 luncheon speaker will be Dr. Charles Rubin. The title of his talk is “The Vietnam Era: A Personal View.” From 1970-72, Rubin held the rank of major in the United States Air Force. From 1970-71, he was stationed in Vietnam, and was chief of ophthalmology in the 483rd United States Air Force Hospital in Cam Rahn Bay. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. The citation accompanying the medal indicates that Rubin was the only fully trained ophthalmologist in Southeast Asia. He provided medical and consultation services for all United States Air Force facilities in Vietnam and for Army personnel, as well as for the local population in a volunteer capacity in the area’s hospital. 
“There are many unsung heroes in our community,” organizers say, “and Charles Rubin is certainly one of them. Many of us know him in his capacity as our Binghamton ophthalmologist, or as a regular at Beth David Synagogue, but his recollections about his time in Vietnam are sure to generate much interest as well as questions.”
Rubin received his bachelor of science degree at the City College of New York, and completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo. He did his residency in ophthalmology at Albany Medical Center. A longtime resident of Binghamton, he has been in private practice since 1972. He has held numerous professional and community leadership positions.
Beth David’s luncheon speaker series takes place the second Saturday of the month after Shabbat morning services, and is open to the community. There is no charge for the luncheon. Since the monthly series’ continuation depends on the generosity of contributors, Beth David welcomes and appreciates donations to the Luncheon Fund in order to keep the program going. Donations can be made in honor of or in memory of someone, or to mark a special occasion. Those wishing an acknowledgment to be sent to the person being honored or to the family of someone being remembered can indicate that, along with the necessary information. Donations can be sent to Beth David Synagogue, 39 Riverside Dr., Binghamton, NY 13905, Attention: Luncheon Fund.